Past Events

Here you can read about the past events, view and download presentations, videos and pictures

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The International Academy for Design & Health believes in ensuring open access to research papers and presentations from all if its events, including the Design & Health World Congress and its series of regionally-based international symposiums in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.

Below you will find links to the programmes of all past events organised by the International Academy for Design & Health, including the Design & Health World Congress, and our regionally-based international symposiums. Please click on the event name to view the programmes and download the speaker presentations.



12th Design & Health World Congress, Vienna, 2017
The Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition is the leading global forum promoting a continuous dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the advancement of knowledge concerning the relationship between design and human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The 12th World Congress was held in Vienna, Austria from 12-17 July, 2017 in partnership with the Austrian government and in collaboration with world-renowned academic institutions and healthcare industries.
The Congress host city, Vienna with music, art and architecture, is a multicultural metropolis and has been listed as top in the world for quality of living by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
The Scientific program was open with a welcome speech by the Ministry of Health, on 13 July. Keynote speakers presented the most innovative research and practical findings in the field of design and health and the role of health infrastructure to promote safety, health and wellbeing. All presentations and photos taken at the event is downloadable.




11th Design & Health World Congress, Hong Kong, 2015
The Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition is the leading global forum promoting a continuous dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the advancement of knowledge concerning the relationship between design and human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The 11th World Congress was held in Hong Kong from 15-19 July, 2015 and organised with the support of Architectural Services Department, Housing Department and Department of Health of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and Hospital Authority. Supported by leading academic institutions and healthcare industries worldwide, with participation of ministries of health from South Africa and Vietnam. Click on the title to download PDFs of all of the speaker's presentations.



Design & Health China Symposium, 2014

Design & Health China 2014 is an international symposium and exhibition dedicated to exploring global salutogenic perspectives on enhancing health, wellbeing and quality of life by design.

The inaugural Design & Health China 2014 event was held from 30-31st October at the Marco Polo Parkside Hotel in Beijing, China and explored global perspectives on the planning, procurement and design of healthy environments and communities across the China. Click on the title to download the presentations.



10th Design & Health World Congress, Toronto, 2014
The Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition is the leading global forum promoting a continuous dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the advancement of knowledge concerning the relationship between design and human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The 10th World Congress was held in Toronto, Canada from 9-13 July, 2014 and organised in partnership with the Ministry for Research and Innovation, the University of Toronto, the Canadian Urban Institute, other leading universities and private industry. Click on the title to download PDFs of all of the speaker's presentations.



Design & Health Middle East 2013, Qatar
The Design & Health Middle East 2013 is an international symposium and exhibition dedicated to ecploring global salutogenic perspectives on enhancing health, wellbeing and quality of life by design.

The inaugural Design & Health Middle East International Symposium was held from 13-14th March at the Hilton Hotel in Doha, Qatar and explored global perspectives on the planning, procurement and design of healthy environments and communities across the Middle East. Click on the title to download the presentations.



9th Design & Health World Congress 2013, Brisbane
The Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition is the leading global forum promoting a continuous dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the advancement of knowledge concerning the relationship between design and human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The 9th World Congress was held in Brisbane, Australia, from 10-14 July, 2013 and organised in partnership with the Australian Government State Health Departments, leading universities and private industry Click on the title to download PDFs of all of the speaker's presentations.



Design & Health Asia Pacific 2013, Singapore
Design & Health Asia Pacific 2013 is an international symposium and exhibition dedicated to exploring global perspectives on enhancing health, wellbeing and quality of life by design.

The inaugural Design & Health Asia Pacific International Symposium was held from 14-15th March at the double Academy award-winning Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore and explored global perspectives on the planning, procurement and design of healthy environments and communities across the Asia Pacific. Click on the title to download the presentations.



2nd Design & Health Europe 2012, Helsinki
Design & Health Europe 2012 is an international symposium and exhibition dedicated to exploring global perspectives on enhancing health, wellbeing and quality of life by design.

The 2rd Design & Health International Symposium 2012 was held from 20-21 September at the Biomedicum Helsinki Meilahti Campus, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland and explored global perspectives on the planning, procurement and design of healthy environments and communities across Europe. Click on the title to download the presentations.



8th Design & Health World Congress 2012, Kuala Lumpur
The Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition is the leading global forum promoting a continuous dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the advancement of knowledge concerning the relationship between design and human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The 8th World Congress was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 27 June - 1 July, 2013 and organised in partnership with the Ministry of Health Malaysia, with the support of the Public Works Department Malaysia, Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia and Malaysian Institute of Architects. Click on the title to download PDFs of all of the speaker's



Design & Health Australasia 2012, Sydney
Design & Health Australasia 2012 is an international symposium and exhibition dedicated to exploring global perspectives on enhancing health, wellbeing and quality of life by design.

The 3rd Design & Health International Symposium 2012 was held from 28-29 March at the University of Technology Sydney and explored global perspectives on the planning, procurement and design of healthy environments and communities across Australasia. Click on the title to see the programme and download all of the presentations.



Design & Health Africa 2011, Cape Town, South Africa
Design & Health Africa 2011 is an international symposium dedicated to exploring design opportunities to improve global health through recognition of our international interdependence and the need for a new paradigm of co-development.

The inaugural Design & Health Africa International Symposium 2011 was held from 25-26 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and explored the creation of a new vision for health in Africa that applies global ‘salutogenic’ perspectives on the design of healthy environments. Click on the title to see the programme and download all of the presentations.



17th Design & Health World Congress 2011, Boston USA
The Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition is the leading global forum promoting a continuous dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the advancement of knowledge concerning the relationship between design and human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The 7th World Congress was held in Boston, USA and organised in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, with the support of Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Design and Harvard Business School. Click on the title to download PDFs of all of the speaker's presentations.